On the instinct for acquisition: “Recently I had the intuition that if money is viewed as security, one can never have enough.
It has taken me 45+ years to understand that. The intuition came in the day or so after I had felt the internal question: “Do you want a lot of money?” That excited me, and I said a tentative “Yes—if it doesn’t hurt anybody.”
But later I began to think that this was a “devil’s” bargain:
“Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24 – KJV)
Now I think my great-grandmother’s quiet answer about money is best: “The Lord has blessed me.” She had no money worries, but her financial security was certainly not a preoccupation for her.”
The instinct for acquisition makes it hard to go God’s way.
We are our own worst enemy. We do not have to do all things, even if all of these things are good. Sometimes I entrap myself over a perceived “good goal” by taking steps to move toward it—knowing all the while that living out the goal will be painful.